Scot­land: the first coun­try in the world to ded­i­cate a full year to cel­e­brat­ing young peo­ple.

To in­spire Scot­land through its young peo­ple, cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments, valu­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­ni­ties and cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to shine locally, na­tion­ally and glob­ally’.

Argyllshire Advertiser - - INTRODUCTION -

If you want to know what the fu­ture looks like, look around you, be­cause young peo­ple are the fu­ture.

The qual­ity of that fu­ture will de­pend on the qual­ity of those young peo­ple, how healthy they are both phys­i­cally and men­tally; the ex­pe­ri­ences they have as they grown into adult­hood based on the op­por­tu­ni­ties they have right now in ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, sport and the work­place and their in­clu­sion in so­ci­ety as a whole.

That is why the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 is so im­por­tant. It cel­e­brates young peo­ple and their achieve­ments and of­fers a wide range of events to help open their eyes to many new ex­pe­ri­ences.

As the Year of Young Peo­ple con­tin­ues to un­fold, keep up to date with all that is hap­pen­ing here in the West High­lands and is­lands through the pages of our news­pa­pers.

‘This is an op­por­tu­nity to shine a light on the fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion young peo­ple make to life in Scot­land.

‘The Year of Young Peo­ple will give young peo­ple a new plat­form and new op­por­tu­ni­ties for their voices to be heard in all parts of our so­ci­ety and hope­fully help to foster a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing, co-op­er­a­tion and re­spect be­tween gen­er­a­tions.

‘The tal­ents of our young peo­ple span the length and breadth of the coun­try – ev­i­dent in the great pro­gramme they have helped to put to­gether. I want to thank all of the part­ners in­volved in sup­port­ing this ini­tia­tive, who have helped to put to­gether what I am sure will be a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of young peo­ple in 2018.’

Pic­tured: Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur­geon at the launch of the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 with pupils from Caol

The aims of the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018 – en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to be­come lead­ers within their com­mu­ni­ties and be­yond, and sup­port­ing them to ben­e­fit from new op­por­tu­ni­ties, are key to our val­ues and our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Young Scot and the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment. We are de­lighted to sup­port YOYP2018 and look for­ward to the com­ing year.’

Jackie Brock, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Chil­dren in Scot­land.

‘We have so much to be proud of in Ar­gyll and Bute and our young peo­ple are a huge part of that. Our young peo­ple mat­ter - what they do makes a dif­fer­ence to life in Ar­gyll and Bute. They have a key role to play in mak­ing Ar­gyll and Bute a re­ally great place to live, learn, work and visit.’

Coun­cil­lor Aileen Mor­ton Leader of Ar­gyll and Bute Council.

‘As we cel­e­brate the Year of Young Peo­ple this year, I en­cour­age all to par­tic­i­pate in this ex­tremely worth­while ini­tia­tive. I am sure that there will be lots of events that we can get in­volved in and that work­ing with Young Peo­ple will en­sure a re­newed sense of vim and vigour!’

Coun­cil­lor An­drew Bax­ter who chairs the Lochaber Com­mit­tee, High­land Council.

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